Project Description

PERCY R ROOK 1890–1981

Rook, Percy              1890-1981           Private 25043, North Staffordshire Regiment

With permission from granddaughter in Oregon

Born 3rd August 1890 in Carlton, Notts.

Baptised 21st September 1890 St Paul’s Church, Carlton in the Willows

Married 1911 to Mabel Howard from Radcliffe on Trent. Three children, Kenneth, Thomas and Constance

Died 1981 in Los Angeles

1891 Census

Age 8 months living on Main Street, Carlton with father Robert, a groom, mother Alice, brother Robert 4 and sister Martha 9.

1901 Census

Age 12 living at 7 Smith Street, Wollaton with parents and brothers Robert 14, an errand boy, Ralph 3 and sister Lilian 6.

1911 Census

Age 20 lodging with George and Elizabeth Butler on Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent and employed as a gardener.

Military Service

Rank: Lance Corporal

Service Number: 25043

Military Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers), Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire) Regiment, 37th Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders

8.8.17–18.8.17:  Dental caries; unspecified location

At that date he had been 4 months with Field Force

4 months with Field Force as at 8.8.17 Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

He produced the embroidery while recovering from injury. No record of date and circumstances of wounds but the embroidery provides clues as to where he fought. The 9th Battalion were at the Battle of the Ancre (November 13-19 1916), Battle of Messines (June 1917) and several battles during the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).

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Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Roll

Eastwood Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Other Information

Kelly’s Directory 1922: Landscape gardener, West Bridgford, Notts.

Not found on 1939 Register.

Left England for New York 20th November 1947 on the Queen Mary and returned on 30th March 1948. Returned to New York 18th October 1956 on the Queen Elizabeth.

Left New York on 29th March 1959 for Southampton but have no information as to when he went back to the USA.

Son Thomas Percy Rook killed WW2.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Flight Sergeant, Radio Operator (Air) Service Number 1177574. 180 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30.06.1944 Aged 29. Son of Percy and Mabel Louie Rook, of West Bridgford, Nottingham.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.